Data Storytelling: How to Change L&D Behavior by 'Reporting Out Loud'

By David Rosenfeld | Sep 17, 2019

In this post, David Rosenfeld of athenahealth shares how he used “Reporting Out Loud” to encourage a behavior change within an L&D team so learning analytics isn’t just icing on the cake, but rather, it’s baked into their strategy and programs.

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Great Data Storytelling Means Knowing Your Audience

By Abbey Smith | Dec 04, 2017

Up to this point in our Data Storytelling series we’ve not only covered the importance of telling stories with data, but also how to structure stories using the Hero’s Journey. But like any great writer, you need to consider two critical aspects before putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Specifically, you need to know your audience and your goal for telling them your story—otherwise, you risk wasting a lot of time and losing the interest of key stakeholders.

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Business Storytelling Models for L&D: Data and the Hero's Journey

By Tim Dickinson | Nov 14, 2017

So far in this blog series, we’ve discussed the importance of data storytelling and covered how to use the STAR model to share your achievements as you might during a job interview. Now, we’ll explore how to draw from Hollywood’s version of storytelling—using the Hero’s Journey framework (departure, initiation, return)—to create an engrossing, transformative story.

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Why L&D Should Use Data in Business Storytelling

By Tim Dickinson | Oct 31, 2017

As an L&D practitioner, you collect learning data, build reports, and create analytics infrastructure to make better-informed decisions. But if no one is listening to you, then what’s the point? In this post, we'll explore the basics of crafting an interesting, compelling story with your L&D data.

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The Art of L&D Data Storytelling [Introduction]

By Tim Dickinson | Oct 24, 2017

Once you’ve collected, measured, and evaluated your learning data—what’s next? How do you use that information to promote L&D and show off the value and impact of your learning programs? Knowing how to craft engaging and interesting stories that directly relate to various areas, teams, and departments across your organization takes careful planning and execution.

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A Recap: Aligning L&D with Business Goals

By Abbey Smith | Aug 15, 2017

Creating L&D programs that build employees’ knowledge and help them meet their goals is important. And it’s just as important that your programs align with your organization’s overall objectives.

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Aligning Teamwork Goals: How to get stakeholder buy-in for L&D success

By Abbey Smith | Aug 07, 2017

In our last business goal alignment post, we discussed how to encourage cross-departmental teamwork in the workplace and the importance of lending a hand to those from whom you may eventually need help. However, you can’t really help your coworkers unless you know what’s needed or how to accomplish it. That's why you need to take time to understand what’s critical for your peers to successfully reach their objectives.

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How to Support Teamwork in the Workplace

By Lizelle Holstein | Jul 18, 2017

Now that you understand the importance of building and fostering office relationships, it’s time to build on those skills. In this post, we’ll discuss how taking on extra responsibility provides visibility for your team and an opportunity to learn more about how other departments perceive and measure the organization’s success. 

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The Secret to Fostering Office Relationships

By Abbey Smith | Jun 29, 2017

Building office relationships with stakeholders both inside and outside of your department is key if you want to accomplish big things. In this part of our Business Goal Alignment series, we’ll discuss gaining buy-in across your organization—starting with the importance of building relationships outside your department.

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Aligning L&D with Business Goals: Pharmaceutical

By Lizelle Holstein | Jun 15, 2017
According to a 2016 survey , one of the chief priorities for leaders in the pharmaceutical industry is upskilling their organizations’ analytic capabilities. A data science-based skill set provides value across all disciplines of the organization—such as sales reps navigating conversations about medical trials data and market performance, or researchers better evaluating the efficacy of a drug during testing. In this business goal alignment post, we’ll discuss two major challenges facing this industry and how training departments can help to remedy them. Read More >
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